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children from smaller families* and these conditions may be
instrumental in the development of personality patterns which
are more likely to develop later psychiatric disorders.
An interesting fact develops when the data are examined
in regard to family size and the various patient population®*
The schizophrenic® do come from larger than average families,
a® Wahl found (7)# but so do all the various groups# including
the non-pgychotic patient population* Indeed, there is very
little difference between the size of the families of the nori-
psychotic and the schizophrenic patients. The two moat
likely explanations for this, neither of which it is possible
to completely settle on the basis of the present data* are
thati (1) the entire population sampled ia a more biased
group than was originally suspected, and/or (2) people needing
hospitalization for psychiatric problems* whether psychotic
or not* tend to come from larger families. It is likely that
both of these explanations are at least partly correct.
If patients who come to a state hospital rather than
receiving private care are assumed to be of a lower socio-
economic level, and family adze is also related to socio-
economic level (4), then the latter may be an important
variable. Since there ia no measure of the socio-economic
level of the patients, it is impossible to assess accurately
the importance of this factor. In weighing this, however, it
should be noted that the state of Mississippi does not have
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Sensenig, John. Ordinal Position, Family Size, and Diagnosis in a Psychiatric Hospital Population, thesis, August 1963; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc108247/m1/32/: accessed April 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .